St Leger winner among further failed doping tests

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The doping scandal engulfing Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation has widened further after yet more racehorses have failed tests for anabolic steroids.

Among the seven horses to have ingested the banned substances include 2012 St Leger winner Encke. All of them were trained by the now disgraced Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Al Zarooni is appealing against the severity of an eight-year ban that was imposed last month following his admission that he doped 15 horses.

Tests have since been carried out on around 200 horses at a stable run by fellow Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor, all of which came back negative.

Godolphin is one of the largest racehorse operations in the world, with two major stables in Newmarket.

Racing manager with the outfit Simon Crisford commented: "It is obviously very disappointing that seven further horses have tested positive for stanozolol."

Mr Crisford added that these results justify the decision to lock down the stables before all of the horses could be tested.

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